The Research and User Support (RUS) Service developed and operated by a consortium led by CS SI is a response to a call made in 2016 by the European Commission that aims to develop an on-line free-access platform to promote the uptake of Copernicus data and support the scaling up of R&D activities.

The RUS Service opened to the public in September 2017 and will remain active for an initial period of 3 years, with a possible extension of 2 more years and beyond.